TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES FROM MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES: A PRACTICAL APPROACH FOR SOCIETAL CHANGE IN NIGERIA

Abstract

Author(s): O. A OJEBIYI and E.T. SALAKO

Currently, global education and global citizenship for social transformation addresses the issues of cordial and harmonious existence of our time. The roots to challenge bias prejudice and creating classroom environments that reflects the learner’s culture for national unity lies in multiculturalism. Multicultural education is a system of instruction which attempts to foster cultural pluralism and acknowledges the differences between race and culture in order to promote societal change and orderliness. Nigeria is a multilingual and multicultural state with about 513 languages spoken; therefore introduction of multicultural approach in teaching will ensure effective socialization and transformative education in Nigeria. This paper therefore brings to light the fact that multicultural education is relevant because the diversity of students in our schools today. This work outlined strategies which can be used in helping students from diverse racial, cultural, ethnic and language groups to experience academic success. While academic knowledge and skills are essential, students must also develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to interact positively in our diverse nation. A commitment by educators to multicultural education will bring us closer to this goal

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